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The Women's Wilderness Institute

Our backpacking and rock climbing courses for girls result in increased self-esteem, healthier body image, and greater leadership skills. Support our scholarship fund for girls who would otherwise not have access to this kind of life-changing opportunity!

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
2
Full Time Staff:
1
Contract Staff:
20
Volunteers Annually:
20
Retention Rate:
100%

Marina Fleming, Program Director
Start Date: 2018

Marina Fleming comes to Women's Wilderness most recently from Lander, Wyoming where she spent the last handful of years working in outdoor education for NOLS. Throughout this time, Marina worked in marketing, custom education, and as a field and classroom instructor. As a field instructor, she's grown a deep appreciation for working with girls in particular as they navigate complex years of discovering their voice, embracing their potential, and growing into the robust beings that they already are. As a cultural competency classroom instructor, Marina has committed to uncovering blind spots and biases that work against equity and inclusivity, and providing resources and tools to create learning communities in which all are seen, heard, and appreciated. Other highlights within her NOLS career include building multi-year relationships with clients to make wilderness classrooms accessible, transformative, and transferrable for a wide spectrum of students, and the day to day work to implement systems to ensure sustainability and successful student outcomes.

Previous to NOLS, Marina served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Boulder, Colorado and in Portland, Oregon. This dedication to poverty alleviation work created a humble foundation from which she now interacts with the world. Passion projects in Boulder have become volunteering for Boulder Food Rescue and a women's book club. In her free time, Marina is at her best when running, biking, swimming, backpacking or otherwise exploring new terrain outside under her own power, preferably with the company of her partner, Kevin.

Marina has a BA in Corporate and Organizational Communication from College of Charleston.

Emily Isaacs, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2015

Emily is a teacher, outdoorswoman, therapist, and community leader who loves to mentor women and girls who are learning to find their strength in the outdoors. Emily grew up in San Francisco, where she attended an all-girls school for 9 years. She believes this set the stage for her passion for all-girls and all-women community experiences. Rock climbing has been a key part of Emily's growth in the outdoors, as it has been a life practice that offers deep friendships, the chance to work with fear, the opportunity to make real-life judgement calls about safety and risk, and a place to develop trust in self and others. She knows from personal experience that these skills and experiences can facilitate profound positive change in women's lives. Emily has been teaching climbing and outdoor skills in a professional setting for nine years, including at Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School. She has been with Women's Wilderness since 2013.

Emily is absolutely thrilled to be at the helm of Women's Wilderness, and is dedicated to building an inclusive, warm, welcoming community where women and girls connect with themselves, each other, and the great outdoors.

"Women's Wilderness has offered me so many incredible opportunities to lead - anything from setting up rock climbs for a girls course to training new staff to now, serving as the Executive Director. A fundamental part of my job is make sure every choice I make leads to greater opportunities for each person who touches the organization. Through their involvement with Women's Wilderness, every instructor, volunteer, and participant will have opportunity: to try new things, to find their voice, to be more and bigger than they dreamed….and all with love and support of our community. This is the dream of Women's Wilderness."

Emily has a MA in Education from UC Santa Cruz and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
12
Term Length:
2
Term Limit:
3
Total # of Board Members:
12
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
12
Male:
0
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
1
White:
10
Hispanic or Latino:
0
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

2

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

90%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

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